San Francisco State University
Ph.D., University of Chicago, 1998-2006.
National Taiwan University, ICLP, visiting graduate student, 2002-03.
University of Michigan, visiting graduate student, 2001.
B.A., Carleton College, 1994-97.
Associate Professor, San Francisco State University, Department of Philosophy,
2012 - present.
Assistant Professor, San Francisco State University, Department of Philosophy,
2006 - 2012.
Visiting Professor, University of California, Berkeley, Department of
Philosophy, summers of 2010-2013.
Visiting Professor, South China Normal University, Summer 2009.
Areas of Specialization:
Confucianism (classical and post-classical), Daoism, ethics (historical and
contemporary), political philosophy (historical and contemporary).
Areas of Competence:
Modern Western philosophy, ancient Greek philosophy, moral psychology,
Buddhist philosophy, classical Chinese language and literature.
Publications (including links where available):
Readings in Later Chinese Philosophy: Han to the 20th Century, contributing translator
and co-editor with Bryan Van Norden (Hackett, 2014).
Ritual and Religion in the Xunzi, co-edited with T.C. Kline III (SUNY, 2014).
Confucian Philosophy: Innovations and Transformations, co-edited with Chung-ying
Cheng, supplement to the Journal of Chinese Philosophy, 38s (December 2011).
Books Under Contract (details here):
The Oxford Handbook of Chinese Philosophy, editor (Oxford University Press,
Neo-Confucianism: A Philosophical Introduction, co-author with Stephen Angle
Peer-Reviewed Articles and Book Chapters:
“Xunzi among the Chinese Neo-Confucians,” in The Dao Companion to Xunzi,
Eric Hutton, ed. (Springer, forthcoming in 2015).
“Does Zhu Xi Distinguish Prudence from Morality?” Dao, 12.3 (September 2013).
“Xunzi on Moral Expertise” Dao, 11.3 (September 2012).
“Dai Zhen’s Defense of Self-Interest,” in Confucian Philosophy, supplement to the
Journal of Chinese Philosophy, 38s (December 2011).
“Sympathy and Perspective-Taking in Confucian Ethics,” Philosophy Compass,
6.10 (October 2011).
“Is Sympathy Naïve? Dai Zhen on the Use of Shu to Track Well-Being,” Taking
Confucian Ethics Seriously: Contemporary Theories and Applications,
Kam-por Yu, Julia Tao, and Philip J. Ivanhoe, eds. (SUNY, October 2010).
“Dai Zhen on Human Nature and Moral Cultivation,” in The Dao Companion to
Philosophy, John Makeham, ed. (Springer, August 2010).
“Confucianism and Virtue Ethics: Still a Fledgling in Chinese and Comparative
Philosophy” (review article), Comparative Philosophy, 1.2 (June 2010).
“Dai Zhen on Sympathetic Concern,” Journal of Chinese Philosophy, 37.1
“A Right of Rebellion in the Mengzi?” Dao, 7.3 (September 2008) (winner of
journal's 2008 best essay award).
Invited Articles and Book Chapters:
“Confucian Rights as a 'Fallback Apparatus'” “作为'备用机制'的儒家权利,”
Liang Tao 梁涛 and Kuang Zhao 匡钊, trans., Academic Monthly 学术月刊,
45.11 (November 2013).
Republished in Virtue and Rights 美德与权利, Tu Wei-Ming 杜维明, ed.
(北大高研院研究丛书, forthcoming in 2014).
“Confucianism and Human Rights,” Routledge Handbook of Human Rights,
Thomas Cushman, ed. (Routledge, 2012). (Complete volume available on Google Books.)
Dai Zhen’s Evidential Study (selections), in Readings in Later Chinese Philosophy,
Justin Tiwald and Bryan Van Norden, eds. (Hackett, 2014).
Zhang Zai’s “Western Inscription,” with Bryan Van Norden, in Readings in Later
Chinese Philosophy, Justin Tiwald and Bryan Van Norden, eds. (Hackett, 2014).
Zhou Dunyi’s “Explanation of the Diagram of the Supreme Ultimate,” with Bryan
in Readings in Later Chinese Philosophy, Justin Tiwald and Bryan
Van Norden, eds. (Hackett, 2014).
Huiyuan’s “On Why Buddhist Monks Do Not Bow Down Before Kings,” in
Readings in Later Chinese Philosophy, Justin Tiwald and Bryan Van Norden,
eds. (Hackett, 2014).
Huang Zongxi’s “On Law,” in Readings in Later Chinese Philosophy, Justin
Tiwald and Bryan Van Norden, eds. (Hackett, 2014).
Li Dazhao’s “Women’s Liberation and Democracy,” in Readings in Later
Chinese Philosophy, Justin Tiwald and Bryan Van Norden, eds. (Hackett, 2014).
Other Publications († indicates peer-reviewed):
Review of Bai Tongdong 白彤东, A New Mission for an Old State: Classical
Confucian Political Philosophy in a Contemporary and Comparative Context
旧邦新命:古今中西参照下的古典儒家政治哲学 (Beijing University Press,
2009), Philosophy East and West, 61.3 (July 2011).
Review of Stephen C. Angle, Sagehood: The Contemporary Significance of Neo-
Confucian Philosophy (Oxford 2009), Dao, 10.2 (June 2011).
“Reply to Stephen Angle,” Dao, 10.2 (June 2011).
Review of Philip J. Ivanhoe, Readings from the Lu-Wang School of Neo-
Confucianism (Hackett, 2009), Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews,
“A Case for Chinese Philosophy,” Newsletter on Asian and Asian-American
Philosophers and Philosophies, 8.1 (Fall 2008).
Review of Daniel Bell, Beyond Liberal Democracy: Political Thinking for an
East Asian Context (Princeton University Press, 2006), Notre Dame
Philosophical Reviews, January 2007.
in The Internet Encyclopedia of
Philosophy, revised September
2009, originally published in June 2006.†
Papers in Progress:
“Song-Ming Confucianism,” Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy
“Well-Being and Daoism,” Routledge Handbook of the Philosophy of Well-Being,
Guy Fletcher, ed. (Routledge)
“Dai Zhen on Mencius,” Dao Companion to Mencius, Yang Xiao, ed. (Springer)
“Neo-Confucians on Emotions and the Heartmind,” Workshop on Neo-Confucianism: A
Philosophical Introduction, San Francisco, March 2014.
“Zhu Xi's Critique of Buddhism,” Workshop on the Buddhist Roots of Neo-
Confucianism, Hawai'i, December 2013.
“The Relationship between Imperatives and Natural Tendencies in Neo-
Confucianism,” The Inaugural Rutgers Workshop on Chinese Philosophy,
Rutgers University, April 2013.
“Rights in Confucian Societies: The Liberal Model vs. the Family Model of Social
Coordination,” Fudan University, Shanghai, November 2012.
“Xunzi and His Critics on the Priority of Moral Character over Institutions,” City
University of Hong Kong, November 2012.
“Reading Dai Zhen,” City University of Hong Kong, November 2012.
“Chinese Philosophy and Contemporary Analytic Philosophy,” Conference on
Philosophy in a Multicultural Context, University of California Santa Cruz, October
“Does Zhu Xi Distinguish Prudence from Morality?”, author-meets-critics
presentation on Stephen Angle's Sagehood, Central Division Meeting of the
American Philosophical Association, Minneapolis, April 2011.
“On Treating Political Authorities as Moral Experts: Deliberative Autonomy from
a Confucian Point of View,” Confucian and Liberal Perspectives on Family,
State, and Civil Society, City University of Hong Kong, December 2010.
“Dai Zhen on Sympathy, Moral Judgment, and Moral ‘Patterns’ (li 理),”
International Conference on Confucianism and Virtue Ethics, Beijing University,
“The Confucian Stance on the Practice of Rights Claiming,” Philosophy
Colloquia Series, UC Santa Cruz, April 2010.
“A Right of Rebellion in the Mengzi?” and responses to commentators/critics,
Dao Best Essay Author-Meets-Critics Panel, Eastern Division Meeting of
the American Philosophical Association, New York, December 2009.
Commentators: Tongdong Bai, Chad Flanders, A.P. Martinich.
“New Directions in Confucian Philosophy,” Bay Area Comparative
Philosophy Conference at the Center for Comparative Philosophy, San
Jose State University, April 2009.
“Self-Love, Sympathy, and Virtue: Dai Zhen's Defense of Self-Interest,”
APA Pacific Division Mini-Conference on Neo-Confucian Moral
Psychology, April 2009.
“Neo-Confucian Life Fulfillment and the Moral Considerability of Animals,”
Conference on virtue ethics and Chinese philosophy, University of
Oregon, March 2008.
“A Euthyphro Problem in Neo-Confucian Welfare Theory,” Eastern
Division Meeting of the American Philosophical Association, Baltimore,
“Rights and Remedies in Confucian Political Thought,” Conference of the
Association for Political Theory, University of Western Ontario, London,
“Entitlements, Duties, and ‘Rights’ in the Mengzi,” Western Conference of
the Association for Asian Studies, September 2007.
“Confucian ‘Rights’ without Confucian Remedies,” Annual Conference of
the Society for Asian and Comparative Philosophy, Pacific Grove (CA),
“Dai Zhen's Defense of Self-Interest,” Committee on Social Thought,
University of Chicago, April 2007.
“Virtue Ethics, Neo-Confucianism, and the Problem of Moralizing the
Good,” Central Division Meeting of the American Philosophical
Association, Chicago, April 2007.
“The Neo-Confucian Appeal to Heaven,” West Coast Chinese Philosophy
Workshop, San Francisco State University, November 2006.
“Moral Deliberation and the Sympathetic Point of View in the
Ethics of Dai
Zhen,” Martin Marty Center for the Advanced
Study of Religion,
University of Chicago, May 2006.
“Dai Zhen on Zhong and Shu: How the Confucian
Moral Order is ‘Bound
Together’” Rethinking Traditional China Workshop,
Chicago, March 2006.
“Shu as a Way of Valuing Others: Dai Zhen on Sympathetic
Conference on Neo-Confucianism at the Mansfield
Freeman Center for
East Asian Studies, Wesleyan University, February 2006.
“Dai Zhen on the Informed Desire Theory of Well-being: The
Confucian Turn,” International Society
for Chinese Philosophy
Conference, University of New South Wales, July
“Dai Zhen on the Need for a Theory of Moral Deliberation,”
East Asia Workshop, University of Chicago,
“Dai Zhen’s Theory of Moral Reasoning”
for the International Chinese
at National Taiwan University,
Awards and Honors:
Sabbatical Leave, Fall 2012
Presidential Award, Fall 2010
Vice President’s Assigned Time Awards, Spring 2007, Spring 2009
Dao Annual Best Essay Award, 2008
APA Mini-conference Grant, 2008
Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship, 2005-06
Martin Marty Dissertation Fellowship, 2005-06
Blakemore Fellowship for language study in Taiwan, 2002-03
Earhart Fellowships, 1998-99 and 1999-2000
Modern Chinese (excellent reading and speaking knowledge)
Classical and Literary Chinese (excellent reading knowledge)
German (some reading knowledge)
Japanese (some reading knowledge)
Angle, Stephen C.
Professor of Philosophy and East Asian Studies
Email: sangle “at” wesleyan.edu
Ivanhoe, Philip J.
Chair Professor of East Asian and Comparative Philosophy and Religion
City University of Hong Kong
E-mail: aiwenhe1954 “at” yahoo.com
Ernst Freund Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Ethics
University of Chicago
Email: martha_nussbaum “at” law.uchicago.edu
Van Norden, Bryan W.
Professor of Philosophy and Chinese & Japenese
Email: brvannorden “at” vassar.edu
Yu, Anthony C.
Carl Darling Buck Distinguished Service Professor in the Humanities
Professor in Divinity, East Asian Languages
and Civilizations, and the
Committee on Social Thought
University of Chicago
Email: acyu “at” midway.uchicago.edu
American Philosophical Association
International Society for Comparative Studies of Chinese & Western Philosophy
International Society for Chinese Philosophy
Association of Chinese Philosophers in North America
Berggruen Institute of Philosophy & Culture (Academic Board)